Bobcats head to Rentschler Field

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Wed., Sep. 21, 2011

Members of the South Windsor High School football team are about to have the chance of a lifetime - to play on a college-level field. On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Division I East Bobcats will take on Simsbury High School, members of Division I West, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. This is the only regular season match-up for the two teams.

“The kids get really excited for the opportunity to play in a college stadium,” said SWHS head football coach Michael Bullock. “I also think that the way the community of South Windsor showed their support the last time we were at Rentschler created a college game atmosphere that really gets the kids pumped up to play, and it gives them a unique experience that they will always remember.”

Last year, the game scheduled at Rentschler was cancelled, but the Bobcats did play there in 2009. The Oct. 6 game is one of only a couple of high school games that will be played at Rentschler, which is the home field for the University of Connecticut football team.

“I think that the team benefits in experience by playing in a bigger venue with a bigger crowd,” said SWHS athletic director Christine Wanner. “But, more than anything, it's valuable because it is a community event.”

Students may purchase pre-sale tickets for $5 through the high school; pre-sale tickets for adults are $8. Tickets at the door are $10, and children under the age of 6 are admitted free of charge. Parking is free of charge and the lots open at 5 p.m. The stadium gates open at 6 p.m. and kick-off is at 6:30 p.m.

“I’d love to play at Rentschler,” said senior offensive tackler and defensive end D.J. Slater. “It would be a dream come to true to play on a college-level field.” As a sophomore during the game in 2009, he remembers what a great experience it was, even through he “just rode the bench.” This time around, he will be on the starting team.

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